North Florida man guilty in murder of pill dealer

MGN Online

OCALA, Fla. (AP) – A jury has found a north Florida man guilty of killing a prescription pill dealer in Ocala.

The panel found 35-year-old Isaac Sheffield guilty of second-degree murder for the fatal beating and stabbing of 74-year-old Stanley Yassen.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that Yassen at the time was caring for his mentally disabled son in his Ocklawaha home.

Prosecutors say he also sold prescription pills and was known to keep cash. They argued that Sheffield’s pill addiction led to the fatal attack.

Sheffield’s defense attorney argued that Sheffield was defending himself from Yassen, who had attacked Sheffield twice previously.

Sheffield’s sentencing is scheduled June 29. He faces up to life in prison. His attorney said he would present evidence supporting a lighter sentence.

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